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Delilah (Faidley) Younkin's
Family Bible

 

Upon the death of Civil War veteran Frederick J. Younkin in February 1877, Delilah (Faidley) Younkin was thus rendered a widow with children to raise as young as two years of age. She became aware that she could obtain a military pension for her late husband's wartime service. She applied for the pension and had to provide extensive documentation of her husband's wrecked health, their marriage and children. She ripped out family record pages from her Bible which contained handwritten inscriptions of family marriages, births and deaths. The originals of the Bible pages are preserved today in the National Archives in Washington, DC.

 

"Delila Younkin Was Married July 2. 1848. Emily J. Younkin Was Married November 3 1872. Edwin Canlalls Younkin March the 30 1876"
 
Left column -- "Frederick Younkin Was born May the 15th 1824. Delilah Faidley Was born april the 5th 1829. Emily Younkin Was born October the 1st 1849. Edwinna Canallas Younkin Was born December the 19th 1854. Washington Younkin Was born January the 30th 1854." Right column -- "Frederick J. Younkin Died February 23rd 1877."
 
Left column -- "Nesley Younkin Was born August the 22 1856. Sarah ann Younkin Was born January the 12th 1859. Franklin Younkin Was born September the 1th 1861. Josephine Younkin was born March the 14th 1864. William Lincoln Younkin Was born June the 9th 1866." Right column -- "Sarah ann Younkin Died Dec. 22nd 1862."
 
Left column -- "Harry Younkin Was born June the 3-- 1869. Marian Younkin Was borne December 7 the 1871. Hily Younkin Was born October the 31 1875." right column -- "Harry Younkin Died Feb. 21st 1872."
 

 

Copyright 2016 Mark A. Miner. Courtesy National Archives, Washington, DC.